5 Months until Christmas Eve

su2013ruHappy Christmas in July!

Can you believe it? Christmas Eve is a mere five months away. What are you doing to get ready?

Up here at the North Pole things are, frankly — nuts.

It is harvest time, so to speak, for all things Christmas related with nuts. Walnuts, chestnuts, peanuts, almonds, pistachios – shipments of the stuff like crazy are coming into the North Pole during this month of the year.

Why? Because nuts play an important part of Christmas.

They are key to all kinds of holiday recipes. And the North Pole makes all manner of Christmas treats that you see out there. Mrs. Claus, of course, leads the efforts with these things.

But there is another part to Christmas nuts you never think about – the shells.

Believe it or not, we even use those here at the North Pole. The nut shells are ground up into little tiny pieces and then are mixed with a special kind of glue. Together they make a very strong material that is kind of like wood. And Santa uses it to make stuff – like his sleigh.

He must have something very special in mind for his sleigh because he’s saved all the nut shells for building the sleigh. We don’t know exactly what he has in mind but we are thinking he will share that with us soon.

In the mean time, start getting ready — Christmas is coming!

— Elf Ernest

Celebrate Christmas in July with Santa

14breakingnews2Hi-ho everyone! Merry Christmas in July!

Folks all over the world are celebrating Christmas in July this week. Some hold parades, some sell things, some raise money for charity, others just like to break up the year with some Christmas music or holiday treats. And we’re no different.

We invite you to join us on Kringle Radio beginning Thursday, July 23rd for a rebroadcast of our live radio coverage of Santa’s flight last year. For more than 50 hours we played music and provided regular news updates from the newsroom here at the North Pole. These updates not only gave Santa’s position as he traveled around the world but they told the story of Santa’s launch and the work of all the elves and reindeer on Christmas Eve. We had live radio updates from elf spotters stationed around the world and even regular flash news from the North Pole Christmas Party while Santa was in flight.

You might have missed it because you were busy celebrating Christmas with your family. Now you can hear what you missed! This one-time rebroadcast is sure to put you in the festive spirit. It’s a great way to get ready for Christmas.

So tune in to Kringle Radio and hear the voices of many here at the North Pole that you know through SantaUpdate.com — including Santa himself (yes, he spoke to us from the sleigh last year while in flight — a first!).

The broadcast begins at 6am Thursday, July 23rd and runs with news updates EVERY 15 MINUTES until early Saturday morning, July 25th.

— Elf Ernest

6 Months Until Christmas Eve

24Hi Everyone!

Santa did something really unusual the other day – he sent every reindeer — even Blitzen — away from the North Pole.

There isn’t a reindeer to be found here right now.

That’s really unusual. In fact, I cannot remember a time when Santa has done this.

Why did Santa do this?

He felt it important that the reindeer spend time back where they came from. He sent them away and told them he would see them for Christmas. He doesn’t really know for sure when they will come back.

As we told you a few months ago Santa sends most of the reindeer away to ranches around the world but he lets them live completely free during that time. He has to wait for them to return to organize them for Christmas.

So all this is very unusual. But Santa says it is for the best.

I will keep you posted.

— Elf Ernest

7 Months Until Christmas Eve

1121Greetings, friends!

Santa sure is spending a lot of time working on his sleigh. He has been over in the sleigh barn night and day working on building a new sleigh himself. Elf Quinton and the boys over there are a little bored, to tell you the truth, because Santa is doing so much of the work himself. He has some very specific ideas about this year’s sleigh.

Unlike the past several years Santa is not looking at a radical new design. In fact, he is working with vintage sleighs a great deal. He has been test flying sleighs that he has not flown for decades and making notes on paper as he continues to work on a new design for this year.

As you know, Santa is always looking for ways to make the sleigh lighter, faster and capable of carrying more stuff. But this year he is spending a lot of time experimenting with different kinds of woods. I can tell you that Elf Quinton fears Santa will use wood in his sleigh this year. “Santa hasn’t used wood in his sleigh in decades,” Elf Quinton told me. “There is nothing wrong with wood but it is heavy and subject to problems if it gets wet and if there is a crash, well, there will be no survivors, that is for sure.”

We still have many months until Christmas so there is no need to worry. And, of course, Santa knows what he is doing. But elves here at the North Pole are starting to talk about the “sleigh business”, as they like to say. And there are beginning to get a little nervous.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

— Elf Ernest

8 Months Until Christmas Eve

12Happy Spring, everyone!

The snow here at the North Pole is finally starting to melt. We’re seeing some flowers starting to pop up here and there and pretty soon we will be able to count on more sunlight so we can plant in our greenhouses. It snows most of the year here at the North Pole so we do not really do yard work or have traditional gardens. But we still find ways to grow things.

A sure sign of spring for us is when the reindeer leave the North Pole. Most have been here pretty steady since last fall. But as the weather starts to turn they head out for the mountains in high country ranches that Santa has set up in many different areas of the world.

As we told you last month, Santa considers this annual trip away from the North Pole for the reindeer kind of like going to reindeer school. Their time on the ranches is very free. They live on their own, find their own food and keep themselves occupied. Elf Victor always gets a little nervous sending them away but Santa has long taught that we have to trust the reindeer and know that they will be back.

There are always a few reindeer that stay at the North Pole. Some, like Blitzen, just refuse to leave Santa’s side (he loves Santa a lot!). But most reindeer leave at this time of the year. Some think it is a vacation for them but Santa doesn’t think so. They always come back stronger, he says. The young reindeer grow up fast during these times away from the North Pole. And something about their time away makes them more devoted to the work of Santa and Christmas when they return.

While they are gone there will be a lot of work put into to upgrading the reindeer barns and pens at the North Pole. Santa has big plans this year because he expects thousands of more reindeer to return than came back last year. It always happens. Those young reindeer babies that are born on the ranches stay there until they are about two years old. When the North Pole reindeer return to the ranches they teach those babies how to fly. And they come by the thousands seeking work at the North Pole with Santa. Santa says he can tell by the way the wind is blowing that a big new flock of reindeer will be coming back in the late summer and early fall. And he wants to be ready.

What do the elves do at this time of the year who normally help take care of reindeer? What is there for them to do when the reindeer go away? Well, they’re elves. What do you think they do?

They make toys!

Imagine that.

Until next month, friends.

— Elf Ernest